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Should I fight a 1st Offense DUI?
I recently had a client come in with a 2nd DUI, while he was awaiting trial on a 1st Offense DUI in a different county. He told me he was being represented by a different lawyer on the first case and couldn't afford to hire him to represent him on the new DUI. He told me his first lawyer told him that he could win the first case by fighting it and that he was charged $5,000. He demonstrated bad driving, failed all the field sobriety tests, and blew a .13 in the first DUI. In the second DUI, he did OK on the field sobritey tests and refused to take the breath test.
Supervision for 40 MPH over the Speed Limit -- Aggravated Speeding
Under the current law, effective January 1, 2011, all judges are prohibited from granting Court Supervision for Aggravated Speeding -- 40 MPH or more over the Speed Limit. That means that if you plead guilty or are found guilty of that offense at trial the judge must enter a conviction on your record. Because Aggravated Speeding is a Class A misdemeanor, that means you will have a permanent CRIMINAL RECORD!!!
Speeding 31-39 mph over the limit
Speeding 31-39 mph over the Speed Limit is now a Class B misdemeanor in Illinois.
CDL licenses and Seat Belt Violation Tickets
Many CDL drivers think that getting a speeding ticket amended to a seat belt violation will keep their driving record clean. Unfortunately, they are wrong!
Violation of Court Supervision/Violation of Probation
When you are sentenced to Court Supervision, Conditional Discharge, or Probation for a criminal or traffic offense the court expects you to comply with the terms of the sentence. For example, you may be required to attend drug and alcohol classes, pay fines and costs, and not commit any further criminal or traffic violations for the period you are on Court Supervision, Conditional Discharge, or Probation.
Should you try to get a First Offense DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
In Illinois, you are eligible to receive "Court Supervision" for DUI only once in your lifetime. Many of my clients ask whether it is worth it to try to get their first DUI reduced to Reckless Driving. The short answer is No.
What happens if the Police Officer does not show up to Court
In general, the Police Officer who issued you a minor traffic ticket must appear on the Court Date given to you on the ticket. If the Police Officer does not show up and you tell the judge that you wish to plead "not guilty" and have a trial by the Court, the State's Attorney will usually dismiss the ticket.
National Safety Counsel Probationary License Program
If you have received an application or registration form from the National Safety Counsel for a Probationary License because your Illinois driver's license is going to be suspended because you have received three (3) traffic violations in twelve (12) months, STOP and call me NOW!
Joe was Revoked for DUI for a Violation of His Court Supervision
Client Joe, was a 1st time DUI offender in Cook County. He had hired an attorney to represent him, but Joe missed his Court date and the lawyer withdrew from the case. Joe was picked up on a warrant for missing Court and he did not have the money to post bond, so he sat in jail until his next court date.
End Suspension for Three Moving Violations
It almost sounds too good to be true, but an experienced traffic law attorney can often end a driver's license suspension before, during, and even after the suspension ends. We do that by cleaning up your driving record.